What is Epidural Steroid Injection?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections


See also: Steroid Injections

Epidural Steroid Injection is an injection of long lasting steroid in the space that surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves coming out of it. The injection consists of a mixture of local anesthetic and the steroid medication and is used to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in lower back 81 57
Neck pain 32 17
Pain 26 19
Sciatic nerve pain 10 7
Degenerative Disc Disease 6 3
Degenerative Disc Disease 5 2

Show all 77 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 13
Mild 20
None 42

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Epidural Steroid Injection

Side effect Patients
Pain 9
Back pain 7
Headaches 3
Injection site pain 3
Nausea 3
Pain in lower back 3

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Based on patients currently taking Epidural Steroid Injection

Dosage Patients
1 other every 6 weeks 2
1other as needed 2
2other as needed 2
1 intl units yearly 1
1 other yearly 1
1 yearly 1
1 intl units monthly 1
4 other every 3 months 1
2 monthly 1
1 other every other week 1

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Why patients stopped taking Epidural Steroid Injection

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 45
Did not seem to work 34
Other 11
Side effects too severe 11
Doctor's advice 8
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Personal research 3
See all 97 patients who’ve stopped taking Epidural Steroid Injection


Currently taking Epidural Steroid Injection

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Epidural Steroid Injection

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 50
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 63
Usually 6
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 29
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 20
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 8
< $25 16
Not specified 39
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10 patient evaluations for Epidural Steroid Injection

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Uncle Buck
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 75y
  • Organ: Heart/Kidney
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
  1. Heart : 10y Transplanted
  2. Kidney : 7y Transplanted
I have:
Heart Transplant

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Feb 3, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Radiculopathy lumbar and cervical)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: This treatment is only temporary. Must retake every 6 months for it to help. Cannot see spending that much money for temp results.

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Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Little
function: All
external_stress: Most
Stickman: some
CFS:10y Dx
FM:17y Dx
I am: g
I have:

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Jan 1, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Neck pain)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: I've had epidural injections in my neck/spine for many years. Over time they have stopped helping me with pain.

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Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender:
  • Age:
Condition: 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported

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Sep 10, 2011 (Started Jul 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Degenerative Disc Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Sciatic Neuralgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Herniated Disc)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: According to the literautre the efficacy of epidural steroid injections for the treatment of herniated disc disorder is questionable. However, I personally know several people who greatly benefited from such injections. In fact, their problem is yet to return, and it was many years ago. Therefore I believe that these injections are worth trying, despite the fact that I received 4 injections by more than 1 Dr and had no pain relief whatsoever. The point for the patient to evaluate before scheduling such injections is to verify that the dose of the steroid that the Dr wants to injects is not lowered after each injection, and that it is constantly high. There was one clinic that wanted to inject decreasing doses of steroids and I left this clinic to do other injections with a different Dr. I also think that if these inejctions do not help for sciatic pain and the pain is intractable, it is time to start searching for a surgeon. One additional point regarding epidural steroid injections is that I think that it is worth trying 3 injections. So if you don't have any benefit from the first 2 injections, it is still worth trying at least 1 additional injection.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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